Adults like to play too. And no that doesn’t mean happy hour, anything dealing with bars or anything revolving around alcohol for that matter. When was the last time you played? Sat on the ground and built something or made up a game, for no other goal than having fun.
Parks are rethinking the way we play. They are bringing back the free creativity. Parks are stretching our minds and imaginations again.
Macombs Dam Park in the Bronx was built only for adults. And New York City plans to introduce twelve more parks in the next 18 months across the city. It is not only a park though. The new adult playground it geared towards fitness. The city wanted to provide people with accessible and affordable fitness equipment as an incentive to be healthy. Gyms are typically too expensive and that big, intimidating equipment often scares people away. These new adult playgrounds make fitness fun and affordable. It’s great news for fitness. There is no doubt that we could all use a little more of that in our lives.
http://www.gametime.com/Portal.aspx?CN=27CFFA9DD183 – created fitness units. It’s all about getting fit. I want to have fun. Fun is the motivation.
While it is great that the new adult playgrounds are providing a fitness alternative, I want to know where the creative non-structure play is for adults. Remember when all you had to worry about was whether you were going to get the good swing on the playground or be the first one to declare yourself king of the treehouse. That is the kind of play missing from adult lives. No rules, just play.
City Museum made adult play possible in St. Louis. It is a giant warehouse turned adult fun-house. The only problem is the kids take over. Kid s have taken over the adult slides and ball pits while the adults sit in the bar. I’d rather have the ball pit than the beer any day.
In New York City, adults are banned from children’s playgrounds. You must have a child to go to the playground. I say this is unfair. I have the right to swing and run through the fun water mister too. Adults have ball fields, picnic lawns, volleyball courts and golf courses. All have rules, all have structure. Even the new fitness playground have rules. Study after study has been done to prove that children need free play and more creativity. The same is true for adults. We need it to escape from the structure of day-to-day routine and tap back into our creative minds that bring joy and happiness to our lives. New York and cities all over the world are moving in the right direction with adult playgrounds. I am excited for the day when I see grown men and women sprinting towards the swing set for their favorite swing.